Once again, a week of all Trump Daily cartoons. Perhaps the magazine might consider a new dedicated Daily Cartoon heading for lampooning this president…something like, oh, I don’t know, maybe “The Daily Don”…
For the record, here are this week’s Daily cartoonists: Ellis Rosen, Peter Kuper, Brendan Loper, and newbie Lizzy Itzkowitz (her work has not been in the print mag as of this past week).
This week’s contributing Daily Shouts New Yorker cartoonists: Jason Adam Katzenstein (with Noel Wells), Liana Finck, Emily Flake, and Ward Sutton.
You can see the week’s work (and more) here on newyorker.com.
Kadir Nelson‘s cover (a tribute to Aretha Franklin) was posted last week. Not mentioned here at the time (but noted on the New Yorker‘s Table of Contents): the image was inspired by Charles W. White’s Folksinger.
The new issue’s “Fall Preview” accounts for the abundance of arts ads and illustrations.
Now we’re talkin’: sixteen cartoons in this issue vs last week’s nine. A number of the sixteen cartoons stand out for various reasons. Two of them (I won’t single them out) are beyond me. Not long ago I would’ve emailed Jack Ziegler to explain them to me. It was always comforting when Jack didn’t understand a drawing either. Often he’d respond with a variation of, “I don’t know what the hell it means.”
Now for some others that stood out (these I understand): Seth Fleishman‘s mirror ball drawing cements his reputation as the New Yorker‘s mirror ball guy. Funny drawing. Also very funny: Joe Dator‘s “hunny” sniffing Pooh airport scenario. And then there’s David Borchart‘s sea-faring koala drawing. Oh my my my. I mentioned Jack Ziegler before. I think Jack would’ve loved these drawings — they’re wonderfully in his ballpark of way-out-there. A Spill round of applause.
A thought here about the placement of every cartoon in the issue: none seemed pressed for space, in need of breathing room. Victoria Roberts‘ doctor’s office drawing (p.69) and Ellis Rosen‘s (p.42) are good examples. The reader can really enjoy the fine drawing going on in these pieces (and in others).
This issue includes the debut New Yorker cartoon by Caitlin Cass. Ms. Cass is the seventeenth new cartoonist brought in since cartoon editor, Emma Allen was appointed in the Spring of 2017. Ms. Cass’s style — mostly the way she handles faces — reminds me of a New Yorker cover artist from the Golden Age: Christina Malman. Oddly enough, while looking through Ms. Malman’s twenty-four covers for the magazine I came across one (shown below) thematically linked to Ms. Cass’s drawing of children looking at art in a museum.
A final thought before Rea Irvin’s classic missing masthead shows up at the end of this post: I’m wondering if Emma Hunsinger‘s funny caption for her drawing on page 77 would’ve also worked if the word “aren’t” was “are”…and if that’s so — if it’s so — how often it happens in cartoon captions that a word completely flipped can still work with the drawing. In this case, substituting “are” for “aren’t” would radically change the intent. Ms. Hunsinger’s use of the word “aren’t” suggests the parents are concerned their child’s behavior is unusual. By using “are” the parents would instead be hopeful that their child’s behavior might make for a viral video.
For the record, here is the list of cartoonists in this issue:
And now, as promised, the missing Irvin masthead.
— See you next week
Attempted Bloggery and Amazon and The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons
An Ink Spill favorite site, Attempted Bloggery, recounts an Amazonian wild goose chase for a slashed price copy of the upcoming New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons. Read it here.
New Yorker Cartoonists & Real Estate: Ellis Rosen
From time-to-time the Spill has mentioned articles featuring homes of New Yorker cartoonists. Here’s the New York Times, August 16, 2018 with a look at Ellis Rosen’s: “It Took A Village To Make Their Perfect Home”
Liza Donnelly: Kofi Annan Loved Cartoons
From Medium, this reflection by Liza Donnelly.
Above: Mr. Annan with an international gathering of cartoonists at the United Nations, with Ms. Donnelly back row, center.
The Daily cartoons were 4/5s Trumpian this week, with an argument to be made for the 5th being in the Trump sphere as well. The cartoonists: Joe Dator, Ellis Rosen, Paul Noth, Peter Kuper, and JAK.
Contributing New Yorker cartoonists on the Daily Shouts: Liana Finck, and Sara Lautman.
You can see all the work, and more, here.
Cartoon Companion Rates the Latest New Yorker Cartoons
In a world where there are very few websites devoted to New Yorker cartoons, Cartoon Companion is all by itself as a place where the latest cartoons are prodded, poked and evaluated. Here’s the latest installment.
Another very Trumpian week (but of course!) for the Daily Cartoon, with contributions by Brendan Loper (twice), Mary Lawton, Ellis Rosen, and Lars Kenseth.
And on the Daily Shouts, the contributing New Yorker cartoonists were David Sipress, and a group effort from Sharon Levy, Olivia de Recat, and the aforementioned Mr. Kenseth
You can see all of the above, and more on newyorker.com.
Cartoon Companion Rates Latest New Yorker Cartoons
The CC’s “Max” and “Simon” return with their trademark cartoon ratings. The boys focus on the work in the issue of July 23, 2018. Seth Fleishman is awarded the CC‘s coveted Top Toon blue ribbon. Read it all here.
The Eisner Award winners were announced last night. Congrats to all the nominated folks, with an extra woo-hoo to New Yorker cartoonists, Shannon Wheeler and Paul Karasik.
Mouly & Spiegelman on Steinberg
From newyorker.com‘s Culture Desk, “Saul Steinberg: On The Hyphen Between High And Low”
— this brief piece in conjunction with a Steinberg exhibit at The Drawing Room.